I first heard the scream of a fisher cat several years ago. Having grown up here and spending much of my youth hunting and calling animals, I knew what I heard was not a fox or a raccoon. If I had to describe what it sounded like, I would say it is a cross between a woman being attacked and a bad power steering pump chattering sound. Literally blood curdling.
When I first heard the fisher cat sound, fisher cats were an urban legend around here. Some had been seen, but none of these sightings had been confirmed until 2006 when a road killed fisher cat was found in Sandwich.
So what exactly does a fisher cat screech sound like?
There are many videos on Youtube claiming to be a fisher cat call or fisher cats screaming, but in none of them can you actually see the animal that is making the screaming sounds. In just about all of these videos I have seen, the audio is actually red fox screams, which sound like a loud “Waaaaaah” scream sound. Some are raccoon sounds and one very popular “fisher cat sound” video taken in daylight actually sounds to me like the lady’s neighbor who hunts every day and is out on his porch with a gun in the video, has an electronic caller playing dying rabbit sounds in the woods trying to call something in.
This is a Red Fox Scream. NOT a Fisher Cat:
This is a Raccoon Fight. NOT a Fisher Cat:
Below is a video of a Cape Cod fisher cat screaming at the Cape Wildlife Center in Cummaquid which is the only video I have seen where you can actually see the animal making the screeching sounds. The sound this fisher is making is quite guttural sounding. The one I heard was making this same sound along with a higher pitched screaming sound (like a woman being attacked).
This is a Fisher Cat screaming:
As the lady in the video states:
Once you’ve heard it, you never forget it.
I know what I heard that night several years ago was a fisher cat scream. It was actually in the Spring, when fisher cats are mating, so I believe it was the mating call of the fisher cat that I heard that night. Have you heard a fisher cat scream?